The sound of success: Music School receives go-ahead

Work on the next major project in QE’s ambitious estates strategy – a state-of-the-art new Music School – began in the summer of 2019, following a successful bid for Government funding.

The Department for Education’s decision to accept our £2.2m bid means the £3.5m-plus project can now be brought forward, enabling QE to offer a host of additional facilities to our young musicians even sooner than expected.

The purpose-built complex will provide essential support for our booming Music department – there are currently more than 20 ensembles at the School, while over 160 boys sing in the Choir! The Music School will feature a new performance venue and a number of much-needed teaching and rehearsal rooms. These will be larger than our existing facilities and will all be fully equipped to the very latest standards. In addition, the two-storey building will provide additional assembly space to accommodate our lecture programme, as well as a covered atrium for boys to use at break times.

The DfE package includes a £1.2m grant and a £1m loan. The success of the application to the Government would not have been possible without substantial financial support from the Friends of Queen Elizabeth’s. Further FQE support, including via the Giving to QE scheme, will be necessary over the coming months and years to complete the building and fully equip it to a high standard.

The new Music School is the latest significant development in a carefully planned estates strategy that has transformed the fabric of Queen Elizabeth’s School since the mid-1990s, enabling us to provide a truly inspirational learning environment for our boys. Major developments have included: the technologically advanced Martin Swimming Pool; the large, multi-purpose Shearly Hall, and the extensive complex opened in 2014 at the heart of the campus that includes The Queen’s Library, the Dining Hall, Café 1573 and a Food Technology Suite. The durable, high-quality architecture of the Music School will complement the modern, attractive design of these earlier projects.

Site works for the Music School are well underway, with the demolition of the Mayes Building in 2019 and the start of construction work on the new facility itself in August 2020. We expect to be able to take possession of the new building in the autumn of 2021.

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